It was a time to break records. The 2004 Paralympics
in Athens, Greece, saw 304 world records and 448 Paralympic records
shattered. A total of 136 nations participated, breaking the
previous high of 123 nations represented at the 2000 Games in
Sydney, Australia. The total number of athletes3,969 (2,763 men and
1,206 women)also set a new record, breaking the previous record of
3,843 set in Sydney.